Monday, April 25, 2016

Swooning

I've been admiring the Swoon quilts for quite awhile now and I finally decided to take the plunge and make one for myself. I bought a stack of Flea Market Fancy fat quarters several years ago during the rerelease that looked like they'd be perfect for the job.


I jumped in and started making my blocks. So far I have 3 done and I LOVE them!

The fact that they're 24"x24" blocks makes the work they require totally worth it. Each block has it's own personality. I love seeing how the fabric choices and placement make each one unique.




And my favorite so far!


My plan is to make 12 blocks for a queen sized quilt. I'm looking forward to seeing how the rest of them turn out!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Christmas in... April

A couple years ago I made beautiful quilted stockings for our family. I truly love them and they're my favorite part of my Christmas decorating.

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This August we are expecting a baby girl to join our family, so I'm in need of another stocking. I've been tossing around ideas and trying to decide what type of pattern to use.

First, I decided to try a lone star style pattern like this inspiration photo.
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I used this tutorial from the Hopeful Homemaker to try to recreate it. I really love it, but my first attempt was far too large to work for a stocking. I guess I'll have a new Christmas pillow cover! Whoops!
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Next, I decided to go a similar route with this style. I like the diamond pattern and thought it would be a nice alternative.


I modified the previous tutorial to be a little smaller to make the diamonds. Once I made a handful of them, I realized I didn't really love the look with the light cuff like our stockings have.


I decided to swap out the solid for one of the more neutral prints in my Christmas fabric. Still not loving it.


 I do really like the diamonds though, so I'm going to keep going with it in a slightly different direction.


Now I need to make quite a few more diamonds!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Blog Revival

After quite a lull in sewing, I've recently jumped right back into sewing and it has been GREAT! I have found that I've missed this avenue to share my projects, so here I am- attempting to revive the long dead blog. If you're reading, please say hi. It would be nice to know if there is even one person out there reading this blog. :)

I currently have project ADD, but I'm trying to really focus on finishing up the quilting for my 2 year old's big boy bed quilt. It's going slowly, but I'm almost there!


Hopefully the binding will be on this weekend!

Monday, January 16, 2012

I did it!

One of my main goals was to finish my dad's quilt before our baby arrived. Thankfully, I was able to have all but a few feet of binding left to stitch when I went into labor. Hooray! I was able to finish the rest up that following week and threw it in the wash on Christmas Eve to wrap and give my father on Christmas day - exactly one year late. It worked out perfectly actually since his actual gift for this year arrived in early December.

When my dad opened the box and saw that it was his quilt he was so excited and surprised. It was great! It felt so good to be done with it and to see him to happy to receive it. He proceeded to use it for the rest of the afternoon! According to my mother, he had been using it as often as possible since Christmas and does not let anyone else touch it!

All in all, this is one of the most time consuming quilts I have made. The finished size is roughly 70" x 90". That means there are 63 of those square in square blocks that required a lot of cutting, sewing, pressing and trimming. I'm quite happy with the look but I'm not sure I'll be making one of those again in the near future. If I do, I might consider being less anal retentive and forgo the trimming after each ring. I think the quilting looks perfect for the quilt. I don't have a photo to show it so you're going to have to trust me on this one! I did straight lines running 1/4" off the outside seam of each block and then one line diagonally through each block in both directions. It is minimal so it let's the pattern show and keeps it cozy. I initially wanted to stick to only horizontal and vertical lines, but I know that, even with all that trimming, the inner seams world never line up enough to make the quilting look straight(ish).


The blocks are made with various varieties of four different color combinations to represent my dad's favorite Detroit/Michigan sports teams: the Detroit Lions, Detroit Tigers, Detroit Pistons, and the Michigan Wolverines.


For the back I used licensed prints of all of the teams except the Tigers. Surprisingly, quilting cotton for the Tigers is not available. As expected, my father liked the back more than the front. Figures!


All in all, I'd say this quilt was a success! As many are aware, I was highly skeptical when I embarked on this endeavor. I'm glad it worked out that both me and my father were happy with the result.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

2011: What Happened to You?

2011 was clearly not a great year for this blog. I barely had any posts and, overall, that was pretty representative of the amount of quilting and sewing I accomplished. I did, however, accomplish one major thing that really has been the reason for such a huge lull.

This is the reason: I became a mom!


I found out I was pregnant in April and almost immediately was stricken with fatigue that barely let up my entire pregnancy. I had absolutely zero motivation to sew (or to do much else).

Towards the end of my pregnancy I began working pretty heavily on my father's quilt and I think the noise of my sewing machine was so noisy and startling to the baby the he kicked and squirmed almost the entire time I was sewing for the first couple times. Sad, right?


My son, Gavin, was born on December 17 and is now already 3 weeks old! Things have been going well and I feel so much better now that I am no longer pregnant! I have motivation to be crafty again- which is super exciting! I'm looking forward to settling into a routine with Gavin so I can start being creative again.

I did manage to accomplish a few things- like actually finish my dad's quilt! I'll be sharing those things with you here shortly. But in the meantime, here is some more cuteness.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sporty

I can hardly call this past year a year of quilting. Actually, I can't at all. I have barely done any! The sports quilt I promised my father for Christmas LAST year is a perfect example of this. Until last week, I only had about half of the blocks done. Sad, but true.

Last week I decided to really get in gear and focus on wrapping this thing up. I spent an evening sewing the pieces together while my husband won Husband of the Year for pressing the seams. The help was so amazing and made these surprisingly time consuming blocks move along much more quickly. So here you have it, a stack of 63 blocks made with colors of my dad's favorite Detroit sports teams.


Now I'm off sewing the blocks together and will hopefully be able to finish this! Wouldn't that be exciting?